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Are They Craft Worthy?

One of the reasons that I love quilting or knitting or crocheting is because you can personalize a gift for someone.  The colors, the patterns, the design, the function, and the sentiment, just to name a few of the options a crafter has.  Even though it is agonizing, I love sifting through patterns to find just the right design for a new born quilt for a dear friend and then picking a color palette that will be just right.  Time seems to stand still on those projects because everything has to be perfect and hold up well.  Mistakes that normally I might let slip if it stays with me, I correct as I would die if a recipient told me the quilt or other project didn’t hold up.

I’m sure we have all been so excited to present a crafted gift to someone to only have them not appreciate it, and all excitement and pride (the good kind) is sucked right out of you.  Now appreciate isn’t exactly the right word, but we’ve probably all encountered that giftee who has taken the gift, looked at it, forced a smile, uttered the words thank you, and put it off to the side.  Its not that I want them to marvel over the craftsmanship, investigate each stitch, or ohhh and ahhh at the color choice.  I simply hope that they would look at the item and know that it took many long hours, hours that I maybe should have been cleaning my house or cooking meals or sleeping.  With each hour I worked on the project I was thinking about them, and I hope they could see that.  I would hope that they may USE the item and it wouldn’t stay in the bottom of the purse where it went when they got it.  The hope would also be that it would stay with them and not be re-gifted to someone else, or thrown out.

Recently, I’ve taken QUITE A FEW knitting classes, don’t worry I am still quilting, and at the last two there has been a discussion about people being knit worthy.  We’ve all went around the room sharing times when gifts have been stuffed in purses without a care that those blasted cables took forever, or kept in a drawer, or asked if it could be redone in a different color, or given to the giftee’s best friend.  I started to really think of this, as I know there are people who are not quilt worthy.  The people, I’m sorry to say, would be gifted with something else rather than a quilt that took 30 hours.

I have a BFF who came back to work after a maternity leave and I wanted to make her a little something to welcome her back.  After much planning and thinking, a pineapple mini quilt was decided, after all, she loves pineapples and she complained that her classroom walls were bare.  The morning of her return I dropped it off, she opened it up, a big smile came across her face and she immediately put it on her wall by her desk.  SHE IS CRAFT WORTHY!

Once I made a gift for someone.  A lap quilt.  They opened it, I was so proud of it as it was an earlier work, and she faked a smile and put it aside.  A year later I saw that quilt at her friend’s place.  NOT CRAFT WORTHY!

Now, before I continue.  I will admit that at time ALL OF US are not craft worthy.  Well I know I have not been all the time.  Perhaps a great aunt made you an itchy scarf that you disliked wearing?  Or the sweater with a bunny and pompom as a tail when you were 14? But now I know what it took to make that, and the pride they would have had, and how they took time to make something JUST FOR ME.  My tune has changed.

Perhaps you are like me and have a little list in your head that you now go through of people who you may craft for.

For example – CRAFT WORTHY:

  • Have a past of using the crafted item been given to them
  • Supported your craft by asking about it or taking an interest in it
  • Have NOT said that your blog is dumb and why waste time on your hobbies
  • Will not give it away as a white elephant gift
  • Will take an interest in what would be given to them

How about you?  Do you have a CRAFT WORTHY list?

 

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Baby Toy Tethers

Ella and I like to take little adventures in and around the city.  We go for walks with our friends Chris and her little girl M, to the mall, movies, and coffee dates with Lauren and Mr. H.  One thing I’ve learned along the way is if toys, soothers, and bottles aren’t tied down they can be thrown out of the stroller, dropped on the floor, or lost somewhere. Some of the toys are expensive too.  Sophie the Giraffe, is one of the best toys for a little one, in my opinion and is one of Ella’s go to toys.  But it is expensive ranging anywhere from $25-30, depending where you purchase it from, but again one of the best toys ever.  We take Sophie with us almost everywhere we go and it would be awful if it somehow got lost.  Little M lost hers in the farmers market.  I didn’t want that to happen to Ella so I constructed some toy tethers.

I made a couple different versions  of the tether.  Some with suspender clips to be able to clip to the stroller, car seat walls or clothing.  I also made some with a chord at both ends as my stroller has these little loops on the seat that we could attach toys too.  I also thought these ones would be good for restaurants because you could loop them to the chairs or the high chairs they sometimes provide.

We tried them the other day when we hit the mall and thank goodness we did.  As we were talking I saw Sophie fly out the stroller, but luckily just dangled from the side until I was ready to pick her back up and give her back to Ella.

The next problem, just making sure I pack them in the bag when we head out.

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Crafting is a Sport

How many of you have heard something to the affect of, “Oh, you are JUST crafting, well I am ___________ (insert sport/athletic event/physical activity).”  Trying to make you feel as though you are doing something, well,  below what they are doing?  Well I have.  And I am here to set the record straight.

CRAFTING IS A SPORT. 

Myself, I am a quilter/sewist/a new crocheter.  I have dabbled in jewellery making, knitting and done some serious scrap booking, but I take my quilting/sewing and crocheting seriously right now so my examples will be based on them.

As I said CRAFTING is a SPORT.  According to the dictionary the definition of a sport is

“an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

Well come on people, crafting totally involves skill.  You’ve seen people’s quilts and think, “how did they get the points so perfect,” or “look at that free motion quilting,” or “really? that is hand quilted”.  Or people’s crocheted works – I still marvel after the crocheted Sheldon Cooper  I saw.  Those all takes skill.  What about  people who make beautiful jewellery?  Or scrapbook pages?  My friend Michelle and Paula are amazing knitters – AH.MAZE.ING.  Painting, clothing making, it all takes skill.

Ok, next part of the definition….competes against each other.  Every guild/club/studio has competitions, if it is viewer’s choice, or meeting a club challenge, or being entered into juried shows where there is a prize – even if it is just bragging rights.    I know ladies who stay up until 3-4am to make sure they have something to enter for the competitions.  There is competition.  And like sports you congratulated the winner and shake their hand, but in your own mind you are totally thinking how the victory should have been YOURS!

Physical exertion?  Have you ever hauled around a king sized quilt with about 1000 safety pins in a domestic sewing machine with only 6-7″ throat space between your needle and the machine?  Then you know all about physical exertion.  Aching shoulders, tired arms, tension across your neck for hours on end- physical exertion.   What about basting that king size quilt?  Huddled over it, feet getting sore, back aching, fingers past the point of no return then you have felt the burn.  Or the tension in your wrist from cutting out little paper flowers for scrap booking and all the glueing.

What about injuries?  They are totally in crafting as well.  There is blood from needles being stabbed in your fingers, or pins when it comes to basting.  There are scissor mishaps too.  I’ve seen people get attacked by their sewing machine needles when one breaks or when it runs over their finger.  There has also been those dreadful pictures of a misguided rotary cutter and fingers….oh I shudder just thinking about that and all those stitches.  And I’ll be honest with you, I think I just caused myself tennis elbow from all the crocheting and hand stitching I’ve been doing.  And what will I do to fix it?  Maybe a brace, a regiment of icing and physio?  Will I stop?  NO WAY!  Because if Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) can play through his injuries and still win – then so can I.

CRAFTING IS A SPORT, plain and simple!

 

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Crabapple Hill: Sunflower Stitch Folder

I’m a HUGE FAN of Crabapple Hill Studio’s embroidery patterns.  The patterns are well written, the illustrations are spectacular and they are super duper fun to do.  I’ve done the Vintage Postcard.

And Hocus Pocus Ville – though with a different setting

Right now I have two in my UFO bucket that call my name.  I’ve read the patterns over and over again that I think I could do them from memory, but I haven’t been brave enough to try.  You see they use the color tinting technique and I find it intimidating so in the bucket they continue to sit.  The patterns I have, the Calendula Patterdrip’s Cottage and Spellbound  and as you can see they are not small by any means.

They’ve sat long enough but I thought I would ease my way into the color tinting technique by trying something small first.  In October they released a new pattern, Sunflower Stitch Folder , and Out of Hand carried it so I picked it up as my start – something small to get my feet wet.

It is a stitchery folder, a place to keep your pattern, hoop and stitching fabric, floss and scissors.

I’ve been working on it for a little bit now and I am happy to say it is complete.

It measures about 30″ x 11.5″ so it is a good size – it will even fit the larger Crabapple Hill Patterns.

It folds up into a nice sized folder that gives you 3 pockets to place all your stuff.  For a while I was contemplating not putting the elastic and button on but I was concerned with losing my supplies – as I’ve recently had some floss go MIA.

The pattern used back stitches, fly stitches, french knots, cross stitches, circular blanket stitch and a cast on stitch for the forget me nots which I hadn’t done before.

But seriously, lets talk the color tinting.  I LOVED IT.  I’ve always enjoyed coloring, I think I could color all day.  I even enter the coloring contests at school.  Anyways, I loved this technique so much.  I found, for myself, I liked the look if I colored in small circles, just the way my mom taught me, it gave it a smoother look.

One thing I did learn was you need to color darkly because after it is heat set you lose some of the brightness.  When I was coloring I thought, “oh my this is sure going to be very bright, I better color lighlty”.

The picture below if before the heat setting.

This is after the heat setting.  A definite difference for sure.  Though I did like how it softened the lace detail, but I was sad to see how it faded my little purple flowers and how my sunflowers didn’t pop as much.  Lessoned learned for the next color tinting quilt.

The 3D flowers are the cast on stitch.  It sure was neat to try, though I don’t know how they fit 5 petals in.

If you haven’t tried color tinting and embroidery – you should give it a try.  It is amazing.  I’m already working on my next piece.

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Christmas Stockings

For almost seven years Nate has been complaining about my Christmas stocking.  I wouldn’t say it is the largest I have ever seen, but compared to Nate’s it is a touch bigger – a touch.  He says it is too big and hard to fill – hence why in years past I’ve received a full box of crackers.

We are quickly approaching our first Christmas with our little girl and she needed a stocking.  I had seen a pattern made by Thimble Blossom called Merry.  I liked the look of them and the fun patterns that you could pick from.

I headed out to the fabric store back in October? maybe even September and picked out fabric for all of us, as we figured it was time to all have new stockings.

They turned out pretty well.  Though I did have a few challenges.  The cuff for one was a touch tricky.  When I first made it I used a 1/4″ seam allowance but no matter how I tried to attach it – it was too big for the main body.  So I made a few alterations so that I wouldn’t have a weird fold in the back.   I probably tried the cuff on my first one about 5 times.  And getting the shape of the toe just right was also something I found to be tricky.

The chevron is Nate’s, Ella’s is in the middle and mine is on right.  I think they will be good and easy to fill – you’re welcome Nate. 🙂

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Thread Catchers

As you may know I enjoy hand stitching/embroidery.  I enjoy it while watching….strike that….listening to the tv (I can’t look up from the stitching yet.  Though I don’t know if anyone can), watching a movie or just chatting with Nate.  The problem with my hand work, embroidery, binding a quilt, or clipping the threads from the quilt is that the thread usually ends up on the floor.  Even though I stack it into a little pile – some how a couple of rouge pieces get free and stick to the carpet equaling another vacuuming job (yuck!).

I’ve been pinning some thread catchers for a while and just haven’t bitten the bullet to make one.  Until recently.  I was reading the latest Better Home and Garden “Quilts and More” magazine and saw that Rachel over at PS i Quilt had made some and by going over to allpeoplequilt.com you could obtain the pattern.  Finally it was my chance to solve the thread on the carpet problem.

It says that you are able to make 2 thread catchers with the 2 fat quarters plus a bit of scrap.  I actually made 3 using 3 fat quarters and there were scraps to spare.

It was a simple little project that really took no time at all.  In fact I did it during Ella’s morning nap so I felt pretty good that I actually finished them.

Now I can leave one at home and use it for my sofa sewing and put one in my sewing basket for when I travel.  And the last one I’m going to give to a friend who often complains about threads on her carpet too.  Hope she likes it.  I can’t wait to make more.  They would make great gifts for my sewing friends.

Here is a little song Nate made up about the thread catchers to the tune of “Three Blind Mice.”

“three little thread catchers, three little thread catchers, see how they stand, see how they stand.  They catch the thread like there is no tomorrow so it doesn’t get on the carpet anymore  Three little thread catchers.”

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Life is Beautiful – Complete!

I have finally completed my Life is Beautiful Quilt.  After 2 years in the making this quilt is finally complete and I couldn’t be happier.  It has been an up and down journey with this quilt (that you can read about here) and now that it is over I am a touch sad to see it go.

I enjoyed stitching these little blocks with their fun designs and their wonderful sayings.

This is BY FAR my favourite block.  It used back stitch, feather stitch, blanket stitch, cross stitch and french knots.  I also think that the stitching on this quilt is some of my very best.  I don’t know why at all.

As I mentioned before this was a BOM put on by my friend Valerie at Pastimes Online.  It is a different colour way than the original and a scheme that I would not normally use – though I really like the way it turned out in the end.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the three different colors of silk that was used as the stitching background.  The first blocks we got were in the cappuccino color and because I like structure and uniformity I just wasn’t sure.  I even contemplated purchasing extra cappuccino silk so I could keep it consistant.  But then I saw how the floss stood out on the white and thought it would work – lost a lot of sleep over nothing it seems (don’t comment Nate).

I enjoyed stitching on the silk and have done it many times after this originally started.  Though the darker the silk the harder it is to see through on a light box to trace.  I found myself retracing the shapes in a thick sharpie just to see them.  The other issue with the silk I found was the grain.  If I had the grain going left to right my silk stayed nice and flat.  If I had the grain go up and down, my stitching pulled the fabric and caused bunches.  Also the pen bleeds a touch – annoying to say the least.

Something else that I found frustrating about this quilt was the Quilt as you Go (QAYG) method that was used.

These were the 63 quilt blocks.  They have been pieced, basted and quilted and then joined together.  To do that you have to add strips to one side, front and back, then attach them to the other block and hand stitch the back.  Do you follow that at all?  I sure didn’t. I hunted around trying to find either a video or a picture tutorial on how to do it.  Luckily, Valerie made a video that was a life saver.  Once I started putting these blocks together I realized I  didn’t enjoy this type of QAYG at all – which slowed me down for sure.

Quilt Deets:

Pattern name: Life is Beautiful by Hugs N’ Kisses
Size: 58″ x 77″
Fabrics: Silk in Cappuccino, Butter and White.  Fabrics from the Lilac Parade Collection

This is a huge accomplishment for me and I am so excited to be done.  And UFO I can cross off the list – now onto the rest of them.

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Love/Hate Relationships: HST

I’ve learned over the past years that the simple half square triangle block is one of the most versatile blocks that a quilter can have in their arsenal.  They layout possibilities for this block seem to be endless – Check some of these out.  And that isn’t even close to what you can do.

Yet, I have not always enjoyed making them at all. There seems to be an equally large number of ways to construct them too.  And each pattern designer has their favourite method – which was confusing for the beginner quilter – where my L/H relationship started.  Melanie over at Melanie Dramatic is currently doing a feature on her blog all about the different ways, please check them out, it is a wonderful feature – I’ve been learning alot.  I know 3 of them for sure, I like the square stitch method myself, but often in patterns and kits they allocate enough fabric for the traditional way.

You see when I started my quilting I joined a group called Bible Blocks – now Where Women Gather and one of the most used block was the HST.  Every time I tried to make one and put it into my quilt I somehow messed up the squaring up and would lose my points or the blocks would end up being too small.  My friend had to write me a message about the HST to keep my sanity – it still works – 3 years later.

But yet I love quilts made up of all half square triangles.  I have a couple on my design wall right now that I am playing around with.  Here are three of the layouts.

This problems reminds me of my relationship with chocolate – love to eat it, but know too much is a very bad thing for trying to get into ones clothing.

What are your feelings on HST? 

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Just One Slab – Assembly

Its hard to believe that just over two months ago our city flooded.  And since then people have been helping put the city back together as well as in High River.

Shortly after that Quilts for Calgary began.  People from all over donated completed quilts, tops, fabric, batting and time.

Photo by Bev Rogan

Photo by Bev Rogan of Quilting for Calgary

This is a photo at Traditional Pastimes of some of the quilts have been donated.  And more are coming in. At last count I heard there was 1025 quilts.

Another initiative that was started in the city was Cheryl’s “Just One Slab“.  Asking people to create a slab block and mail it in.  Cheryl was hoping to make 10 quilts and each quilt takes 20 blocks, meaning she needed 200 blocks.  Instead Cheryl got over 2000 meaning she could make 100 quilt tops – a daunting task.  She made a call out to quilters to see if they could help.  I volunteered.   Ella and I went over to Cheryl’s place and grabbed some slab sets that Cheryl had made up and took them home to sew.  They went together pretty quickly in fact that I took the finished tops back a couple days later and grabbed a few more slab sets.

I enjoyed putting them together so much in fact that I have plans to put together a few of my own.  Just have to get a couple other things off my to do list first.  Anyways, no matter where you put the blocks and against other blocks they went together and complimented each other well.  I did a few multi colored ones and a few monochromatic ones (well they had different values of the same color – all green for example).

Head over to Cheryl’s blog for more “Just One Slab” Quilts.

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Bunting: A tutorial

Hello everyone.  Today I make my first attempt at writing a tutorial, especially after all the gripping I’ve been doing about some of them lately.  This tutorial will be on how to make your own FABRIC BUNTING to hang as a decoration.

I personally used this process when I made my friend’s bunting for her little fella’s room as well as the bunting for our little girl’s nursery.  Without further ado – here we go.

INFO YOU NEED TO KNOW:

* Each flag is double sided

* To make ONE bunting flag you need two triangle pieces cut out – a front and back (they can even be different fabrics if you like)

* There are no set seam allowance for this as we will be drawing our sewing lines

* Set your stitch length to something you are happy with as the seams are visible (I have a Janome machine so my stitch length was 3)

* I like to fold my fabric for this project WRONG SIDES TOGETHER, so that once the flags are cut they are in the pairing I want and don’t have to match up sides and such.  Saves a step later on.

* Figuring out how many flags you need can be determined two ways

1. Where you are going to put it.  If you have a wall that is 8 feet (96 inches) and each flag is roughly 6″ you will need 16-17 flags (96″ divided by 6 = 16 flags).  I say 17 flags so that your flags don’t have to pulled tightly and can have a bit of a bow in the middle of them.  This also means you will need about 3 yards of double fold bias tape (add about 5-8 inches onto each end as a tail)

2. I did it a bit of a round about way.  I have 5 fabrics that I wanted to use.  I could get 6 flags out of each piece of fabric making 30 flags.  Which meant I needed 180″ (5 yards) of double fold bias tape.

MATERIALS NEEDED

* Sewing machine in good working order

* Straight stitch sewing foot

* Fabric for your bunting flags – Home decor or quilting cotton

* Note: If you use quilting cotton you will need to add iron on interfacing onto one of the flags to give it a bit more stability and shape.  I used a medium weight, but a light weight also works

* Note: the fabric could be scraps measuring 6 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ or strips of fabric 6 1/2″ x WOF

*Note:  I used pieces of Twill fabric that were cut into 6.5″ x WOF (my WOF was 54″ which gave me 6 flags per strip, usually I get 5 flags per strip using a quilting cotton whose WOF is 40″)

* Coordinating Thread (though you could use something that stands out if you wish)

* Marking Tool

* Rotary Cutter and cutting Mat

* Ruler

* EZ TRI TOOL by Darlene Zimmerman (that makes 6″ x 6 1/4″ triangles)

* Iron and ironing board

* Pinking shears

* Double Fold Bias Tape – in your color choice

* straight pins

DIRECTIONS (based on using strips of fabric):

Ensure your fabric is pressed before starting – it is just easier to cut that way.

1. Determine how many flags you are going to make so you know how many fabric strips you are going to cut.

* You can get 5 flags (front and backs) using a piece of quilting cotton measuring a WOF of 43″

* You can get 6 flags (front and backs) using a piece of twill/home decor measuring a WOF of 54″

2. Fold your fabric selvedge to selvedge and cut a strip that measures 6.5″ (again I folded mine wrong sides together)

3. Lay your Tri Tool on top of your fabric to make your first cut.

Using your rotary cutter, cut along the right side of the ruler.  (I say right side because I am a right handed cutter.  If you are a left handed cutter, please make the adjustments that you need).

Once you are finished cutting your piece it should look like the picture above.  I did slide the rest of the fabric off to the side, just to show you the cut edge.

4.  Rotate your cut piece of fabric so that you can now remove the other edge of fabric with your rotary cutter.

Once cut, you will have one flag with a front piece and a back piece.

5.  Slide the rest of strip fabric back into place to continue cutting out your flags.   With your Tri Tool, line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of your ruler.  Depending how you cut your first flag will determine how you place your ruler.  Using your rotary cutter, cut along the right side of the tri tool ruler.

6. Rotate your ruler to line up with the edge of your last cut and once again cut along the right side of the Tri Tool Ruler.

You will notice in the picture below that I left the second flag to show you the rotation of the ruler.

7.  Continue to rotate your tri tool ruler until all of your flags are cut out of that strip of fabric.   (sorry for the fabric change – the first photo did not turn out).

Below are the 6 flags that I was able to cut out using my 54″ wide fabric.  As I mentioned above this is a twill fabric so I did not feel as though I needed to interface them as they had a good weight to them in the first place.

If you are using quilting cotton and want to have a bit more stiffness in the fabric,  you will also need to cut out interfacing at some point during the cutting process.  If you have 6 flags (front and back) total you will need 6 triangles of interfacing, not 12 because you are not interfacing both sides of each triangle, just one side of the triangle.

A suggestion:  If you are mixing fabrics, home decor and quilting cotton, interface the cotton so it has a similar stiffness.

8.  Once you have all of the flags (front and back) cut out, it is now time to do some marking.  You will need your ruler and your marking tool.  I used a chalk marking tool so that the lines I drew I could easily wipe away.

Using your ruler find 1/4″ from the SIDE edge and following the straight edge draw the 1/4″ line from the top of the flag to the bottom of the flag.  This is the line we will be sewing along.

Then, using your ruler once more mark a line that is 1/8″ from the SIDE edge – this is going to be our guideline for our pinking shears.

Once you have marked one side, flip your flag around and mark the other side.  Your flag will look like…..

Repeat this step for ALL of your Flags.  I only mark one side of my flags, but I do try and keep them together during this step.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Note: If you would prefer to use your 1/4″ piecing foot rather then draw your sewing line – that is fine, just ensure that your sewing line is a 1/4″ away from your side edges.

9.  Finally it is time to sew!  Set up your machine with the thread choice that you have selected for your stitching.  Remember, the thread is visible so if you select a contrasting color it will definitely stand out.  I went for a neutral thread choice for both my top thread and bobbin because I wasn’t looking for a stand out thread.

Also make sure you’ve adjusted your stitch length to something you would be happy to see.  As mentioned I set mine to 3.

Put your first bunting flag (front and back) in ready position in your machine.  I placed my needle ON the 1/4″ line as my guide for my stitching.  One your flag is in place stitch along the 1/4″ line.

As you can see, I am using my basic straight stitch foot so I am able to see that chalk line a bit better.

Once you get to the INTERSECTION where your 1/4″ line intersects you will have to try and get your needle down AS CLOSE TO THAT INTERSECTING POINT as possible so you can put your needle down and pivot your fabric and stitch along the other side.

Repeat for ALL your bunting flags

10. Once you are finished stitching your bunting flags together, it is now time to take your pinking shears to the edges for a decorative finish and to help prevent fraying.   Using your pinking sheers follow along the 1/8″ line and trim off the that little bit of fabric.
This is a bit messy – just as a warning to you.

Once finished pinking both sides your flag will look like…

Not bad, if I do say so myself.

11.  Before we get to this next step you will need to take some time and decide how you want your flags to be arranged and which flags will be beside which flag.  In a random order, a color order?

Once that is decided you will need to get out your Double Fold Bias tape.  You can usually find them at your fabric store in pre cut packages like the one below, or off the bolt.  There were out of the tape off the roll so I have to purchase the pre cut tape.  I needed about 5 yards but the smallest pack was  6.5 m (7.1 yards) so I had some extra – just in case I suppose.  I will use it for something else I know.

11.  Once you have your flag order it is time to place the flags into the Double Fold Bias Tape which will connect all the flags together.  Leaving yourself about a 4-8″ tail (this is a personal preference), open up the DFBT (double fold bias tape) and place the top of your flag as close as you can to the FOLD in the DFBT.

Once you are happy with the first flag placement, pin the flag in place using a straight pin

12.  Get the next flag in your bunting over and overlap the top edge of the second flag and the first flag (only a touch).  Then pin the flag in place.

Continue this pinning your flags in place until ALL flags have been added to the DFBT.  I also found it helpful to pin the intersections of the flags to help keep those pesky edges in place.

Remember to add the same amount of tail to the back end as you did your front.

13.  Carefully, pick up your flags pinned to the DFBT and head back to your trusty sewing machine.  We now need to stitch the flags in place.  I used the same color thread as my flags, but the choice once again is up to you.

Because your flags should be close to the fold of the DFBT you don’t have to top stitch them in place.  Instead find a place on the DFBT that you would like to stitch – down the middle, towards the top, towards the edge.

I used the edge of my foot as my guide and lined the edge of my foot with the bottom edge of my bias tape.  I then moved my needle to a place where I was happy to have the stitches – it worked out to be a scant 1/4″ (little less than a 1/4″) from the bottom edge.

Start stitching from the END of your tail with a couple of back stitches to hold everything in place, then continue to stitch along your bias tape.

Be careful though, sometimes those silly flag ends untuck themselves as you stitch so you might have to keep an eye out and make adjustments if your flags move around.

Once you get to the end of the DFBT remember to take a couple of back stitches to finish the bunting off.

VIOLA!  You are done.  Congratulations.  Now you can hang them where ever you had planned to.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on Fabric Bunting.  If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will answer them in there or via email.  If you find any part of the tutorial confusing please let me know and I will make a change to help clear things up.

If you made some fabric bunting, I would love to see it and hear about it.

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